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9-Month CD Rate Special at Connexus Credit Union
Connexus Credit Union

It has been awhile since Connexus Credit Union has offered something new on its deposit accounts. That recently changed with a new CD special. It’s a 9-month CD special with a 1.01% APY. Minimum deposit is $5,000. This is a limited-time special. Details are listed in the credit union’s CD page as of 6/10/2014. At the bottom of this page there’s a link to the CD disclosure. Unlike its regular CDs, I don’t see any checking account requirement for this CD special to qualify for the top rate.

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Competitive Reward Checking Account at Citizens Community Federal in MN, WI and MI
Citizens Community Federal

Citizens Community Federal has a competitive high-yield reward checking account that can be a good deal for many residents of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. The bank calls the account Freedom Rewards Checking. The bank also has a savings account that links to this checking account, but the savings account rate is disappointing as compared to internet savings accounts. Below is a summary of these two accounts as of 5/8/2014:

The following are the Freedom Rewards Checking account rates and ATM fee refund policy if certain monthly requirements are met:

  • 2.00% APY...
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Checking and Money Market Specials at First Bank Financial Centre in Wisconsin
First Bank Financial Centre

First Bank Financial Centre is offering two nice specials. One is a checking account promotion in which you can earn $150, and the other is a money market special with a 1.00% APY that’s guaranteed to last until 9/30/2014. These offers are scheduled to expire on 6/13/2014, and they’re limited to Wisconsin residents. The full details are listed at the bank’s promotions page.

For the $150 checking account bonus, the customer must open a checking account and have either a direct deposit (an ACH credit) of $250 or more OR...

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More States Eligible for Frontier Bank’s Top Reward Checking Account
Frontier Bank (IA)

Last year when I first reported on the reward checking account at Frontier Bank, the online application allowed residents of three states to apply. Its online application now allows residents of 12 midwestern states to apply. This gives many more people access to a very competitive reward checking account. The reward checking is under the Kasasa brand, and it’s called Kasasa Cash. As of 3/18/2014, the account has a 3.05% APY on balances up to $20K if typical reward checking monthly requirements are met. There’s also a Kasasa Saver account...

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$160 Checking Bonus at First American Bank in IL and Parts of WI and IN
First American Bank (IL)

Yesterday I reviewed the reward checking account at First American Bank. The bank has another checking account deal. This one is a checking account bonus that pays up to $160. The reward checking account doesn’t qualify. You have to open either its Optimal Checking or its Free Checking account. The promotion is scheduled to end on March 3, 2014. It does require quite a bit of work and time. The details are listed at this bank’s promotion page. Below is a summary of what’s required:

To earn the full $160, you’ll...

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Bank of the West Checking Account Bonuses Return - Certain States Only
Bank of the West

Bank of the West has again brought back its $150 checking account promotion. It looks like the same promotion they were offering last year. Just like the last one, there's also a $200 bonus, but that requires a checking account with high monthly service fees that can't be easily waived. These promotions are listed on Bank of the West's home page.

Details for the $150 bonus are listed in this Bank of the West promotions page. The checking account must be opened by 3/7/2014.

To qualify for the full $150 requires the...

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Top Reward Checking and Savings Accounts at First National Bank - Fox Valley in WI
Top Reward Checking and Savings Accounts at First National Bank - Fox Valley in WI

Late last year First National Bank - Fox Valley in Wisconsin launched a reward checking and a savings account under the Kasasa brand. The rates and balance caps of these accounts are very competitive. It’s nice to see banks are continuing to introduce reward checking accounts with competitive rates. It shows that the reward checking type of account can still be sustainable. Hopefully, we’ll see more banks and credit unions offering their own reward checking/savings account in 2014.

First National Bank - Fox Valley has five Kasasa accounts. Two of the...

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Special 20-Month CD Rate in Parts of WI & MN at Superior Choice Credit Union
Superior Choice Credit Union

Last year in October Superior Choice Credit Union was offering an 18-month CD special. This year, the special is a 20-month CD, and the rate is 25 basis points higher. The new special is a 1.50% APY 20-month share certificate. Minimum deposit is $10,000, and new money is required. The early withdrawal penalty is 365 days of interest. This CD special is listed at the bottom of the credit union's rates page as of 10/18/2013.

Credit union membership is open to those who live or work in the Wisconsin counties of...

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Unique Reward Checking Account with Debit Card Alternatives at BCU - 2%
Baxter Credit Union

Today I came across another credit union that is allowing credit card purchases instead of debit card purchases to satisfy the requirements for its reward checking account. It’s Baxter Credit Union (BCU). Unfortunately, the credit union’s field of membership is limited, so not many will be able to join. Nevertheless, it’s good to see more reward checking options. Last year I reported on Southwest Airlines FCU’s reward checking account that allows members to use either debit or credit cards to satisfying the reward checking requirements.

BCU’s reward checking account is called...

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Another Bank of the West Checking Account Bonus - Certain States Only
Bank of the West

Bank of the West has again brought back its $150 checking account promotion. It looks like the same promotion they were offering February. Just like the last one, there's also a $200 bonus, but that requires a checking account with high monthly service fees that can't be easily waived. These promotions are listed on Bank of the West's home page.

Details for the $150 bonus are listed in this Bank of the West promotions page. The checking account must be opened by 8/30/2013.

To qualify for the full $150 requires the following:

  • Must...
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Up to $200 Checking Account Bonus at BMO Harris Bank in Some States
Up to $200 Checking Account Bonus at BMO Harris Bank in Some States

BMO Harris Bank is offering a cash bonus of up to $200 for opening a personal checking account with qualifying direct deposit. Like most large banks, BMO Harris doesn't have a free checking account. So if you take advantage of this bonus, you'll have to be careful to avoid monthly service charges.

To qualify for the $200 bonus requires either the BMO Harris Portfolio Checking or the BMO Harris Select Checking. A $150 bonus requires the BMO Harris Everyday Checking.

Here's the link to the bank's promotion page: bmoharris.com/offerchecking2013.

The new checking account...

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Another $150 Checking Bonus at Bank of the West - Certain States Only
Bank of the West

Bank of the West has recently brought back its $150 checking account promotion. It looks like the same promotion they were offering last summer. Just like the last one, there's also a $200 bonus, but that requires a checking account with high monthly service fees that can't be easily waived. These promotions are listed on Bank of the West's home page.

Details for the $150 bonus are listed in this Bank of the West promotions page. The checking account must be opened by 3/8/2013.

To qualify for the full $150 requires the...

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